Artists

Introducing sketch artist Jeanette Algeson

I usually can't focus at home so I work at bars, cafes or the subway.

FractureZine met up with sketch artist Jeanette Algeson shortly after opening her first exhibition at Noel's in Södermalm. We talk to her about her inspiration and how she got started with sketching.

Recently you opened an exhibition of your work at Noel's. Can you tell us about the work and how the exhibition came about?

I had Noel's recommended to me by another artist, Camilla, who had had an exhibition there before. She said "you have to put out your stuff, you have to do it at Noel's and I can recommend a place to get you stuff printed."

Did she push you into it a bit?

Yeah she did but also other people. I got a lot complements from people while drawing on the subway, bus and where ever I was sitting especially for these last pieces that I've put up. That really made me take the next step.

So it's been a gradual encouragement with Camilla suggesting you exhibit your work?

Actually I didn't know her, that was the funny part. It was the first and only time I had met her.

You were sketching some where and she saw you?

No, I actually had a folder with me. I was at Vampire Lounge for a quiz and a friend of mine knew her. She suggested that I show Camilla my work. I showed my work to get her opinion on it. She said that I have to exhibit it. That's kind of how it went down.

You mentioned that you've been getting positive feedback while you've been sketching out and about. Is that something that you do a lot of?

Yeah, mostly. I usually can't focus at home so I work at bars, cafes or the subway. People are often surprised because it's a bit shaky on the train but I make it work.

I notice that there are two distinct themes in your exhibit. One is a kind of horror theme and the other is of the feminine form. What was behind the two themes?

I started creating horror to practice shadowing, there's a lot of lines and things to work with. With the female work, I wanted to do something simple. I guess the female form with flowing hair is a feeling of being free.

So it was not a conscious decision to create two contrasting themes?

Not to put out, that just happened.

How did you get into sketching?

I've pretty much always done it. My mother draws well and my grandmother sells decorative glass and a lot of porcelain. I have always done something artistic and I studied art as part of my schooling. …Actually I really hated it, it was awful. It was people telling you what to do and as an artist you want to do your own stuff. You want to evolve in your own way. Sure you can get inspired by other people or assignments. I took a break for a few years after school were I didn't do any art at all.

I guess that was a reaction your schooling?

It was too much, I just lost all inspiration.

Do you remember whether there was a particular time that you were inspired to start Sketching?

In 2009 I was really inspired by illustrator Cassandra Rhodin. She did these simple girls, dark eyed. They were glassy and fashionable. She also did some work for H&M and some other work around Östermalm. I thought she was so inspiring, so cool. I tried to make something of my own through her. I later took inspiration from one of the stop motion animation clips from the band Tool.

What's your favourite piece from your exhibit?

The heart with the hell mouths and the post apocalyptic dude with the goggles.

So what's next?

I want to go bigger. While it's easy sitting with the small details, it's hard to go big. Probably both larger prints and larger work. I'm going to try some different things and see what works. It takes time, every time you change you need to adjust. Perhaps some more colour.

If you're interested in checking out Jeanette Algeson's work in the flesh or purchasing a print, head down to Noel's at Skånegatan 59, Stockholm.

Written by William Riever, 2014-07-27